Tottenham are reportedly set to rival Leeds United and Inter Milan for the signature of Valencia left-back Jesus Vazquez.
Leeds sporting director Victor Orta is allegedly a big fan of the Spaniard and the Yorkshire club’s interest dates back to mid-November.
However, with Spurs now joining the race for the defender, it could be Antonio Conte’s side that ends up signing the 19-year-old, but whether or not they make an offer is not definitive.
The London club are well-stocked on the left side of their defence after the acquisition of Ivan Perisic and Destiny Udogie in the summer. Udogie signed from Udinese but was loaned back for the entire 2022-23 campaign.
Ryan Sessegnon, meanwhile, is slowly establishing himself as a first-team player.
However, recent rumours suggest that Conte is keen to strengthen further, much to the disappointment of Leeds and Inter.
According to a report from Inter Live, Spurs are indeed set to rival both Leeds and Inter for the Valencia starlet.
It is so far unclear how much the Spanish club will demand for the youngster, but Vazquez reportedly has a £35m release clause in his contract.
However, it is believed that a fee in the region of £10m may be enough to convince Valencia boss Gennaro Gattuso to sell.
Interestingly, according to Spanish outlet El Desmarque, Vazquez has another clause in his contract which would allow him to leave on loan in January if he does not play a certain amount of games for Los Che.
So far, he has only featured four times in La Liga this season, so this may be an option all three clubs look at in the winter window.
Vazquez needs more experience and won’t get it at Valencia
While the Spaniard has failed to play frequently for Valencia, this is not necessarily down to the fact that he hasn’t impressed his manager.
Jose Gaya is well in front of Vazquez in the pecking order and deservedly so, as he is statistically one of the best in his position in the Spanish top flight.
Therefore, a January loan or a permanent move away from Valencia may be best for the youngster to give him the opportunity to get more experience.
However, despite the report, it seems unlikely that Conte will be willing to splash the cash on a left-back when he has two decent options already at the club.
This may open the door for Leeds to become favourites for the left-back’s signature, with the Yorkshire club more in need of reinforcements in the position.
Leeds signed Junior Firpo from Barcelona in summer 2021, but the transfer has not worked out as planned. Firpo has struggled mightily to acclimatise to Premier League football, and is behind Pascal Struijk in Jesse Marsch’s plans.
Thus, Vazquez could be a smart option for the American as he looks to add more cover in the left-back area. Signing Vasuez would also allow Struijk to revert to his customary centre-half position.
It would make sense for the player too, given Leeds are the most likely of the trio to give the Spaniard plenty of playing time.
Inter, on the other hand, are also short in the left-back position, with Federico Dimarco being Simone Inzaghi’s only option after Dalbert picked up an ACL injury in pre-season.
While Inter can offer Champions League football to Vazquez, the pull of the Premier League is often difficult to resist, so it will be interesting to see which of the clubs the Spaniard opts for if Spurs decide against pursuing a deal.